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Woman accused of drowning puppies gets one month in jail

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A Minnesota dog breeder who was accused of drowning puppies has been sentenced to just one month behind bars, reported Saturday's Associated Press.

Dayna Bell, 62, who ran Bell Kennels and Farm in Northfield, was charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly killing multiple puppies in inhumane manners, including drowning them in a bucket of water, and tethering them to a cinder block and throwing them into a swimming pool.

Bell was found guilty by a jury in November.

Bell was outed by former employees at her kennel breeding operation; acting on the tip, authorities with the Dakota County Sheriff's Department later found ten small breed dogs wrapped in plastic bags, frozen inside of a freezer on Bell's property.

Bell claimed that she does not know how the frozen dogs got into the freezer, but did admit to drowning puppies in a bucket.

In addition to jail time, Bell has been ordered to perform community service and she must serve 45 days of electronic monitoring at her home.

Bell has forfeited her commercial license and will is now prohibited from owning or working around animals.

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